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Nothing Can Hurt Me Soundtrack

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After years in the making, the story of Big Star will finally hit the big screen in the forthcoming feature-length documentary, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (Magnolia Pictures). An official selection of the SXSW Film Festival (2012) and winner of the Best Documentary at Indie Memphis (2012), the film chronicles the initial commercial failure and subsequent critical acclaim of Big Star, further solidifying the enduring legacy of one of pop music s greatest cult bands.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me traces the origins and history of the legendary band from sixteen year old Alex Chilton sky-rocketing to stardom in the late sixties with The Box Tops and their #1 hit, The Letter ; to the serendipitous meeting of Chilton and local Memphis singer-songwriter-guitarist, Chris Bell; through the tumultuous recording of the group s landmark albums, #1 Record, Radio City, and Third; culminating with their implosion due to failed record sales, personal breakdowns, and the tragic death of Chris Bell in 1978.

Big Star s three albums (all of which charted on Rolling Stone s Top 500 albums of All Time ) have become critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon, and they are a seminal band in the history of alternative music, being cited as an influence by artists including R.E.M., The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliott Smith, Wilco, Beck, Jeff Buckley and The Flaming Lips, to name just a few. With never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews and a rousing musical tribute by some of the bands they inspired, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a story of artistic and musical salvation.

The Omnivore Recordings soundtrack captures the essence of the documentary and plays like audio version of the film. It is comprised of all previously unissued versions of classic Big Star, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton songs, and includes demos, plus alternate original and new mixes made especially for the film.

1. O My Soul (Demo, 1973)
2. Give Me Another Chance (Control Room Monitor Mix, 1972)
3. In The Street (Movie Mix, 2012)
4. When My Baby s Beside Me (Alternate Mix, 1972)
5. Studio Banter (1972)
6. Try Again (Movie Mix, 2012) - Rock City
7. My Life Is Right (Alternate Mix, 1972)
8. The Ballad Of El Goodo (Alternate Mix, 1972)
9. Feel (Alternate Mix, 1972)
10. Don t Lie To Me (Alternate Mix, 1972)
11. Way Out West (Alternate Mix, 1973)
12. Thirteen (Alternate Mix, 1972)
13. You Get What You Deserve (Alternate Mix, 1973)
14. Holocaust (ROUGH Mix, 1974)
15. Kanga Roo (ROUGH Mix, 1974)
16. Stroke It Noel (Backward Intro, 1974)
17. Big Black Car (ROUGH Mix, 1974)
18. Better Save Yourself (Movie Mix, 2012) Chris Bell
19. I Am The Cosmos (Movie Mix, 2012) Chris Bell
20. All We Ever Got From Them Was Pain (Movie Mix, 2012) - Alex Chilton
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Omnivore Recordings, LLC
  • ASIN: B00CA4S3SU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on April 20, 2013
Format: Vinyl
The slow catching flame of Big Star's belated renown has recently been stoked by a feature-length documentary, and now by this collection of period demos and alternate mixes, and a few remixes made for the film. Depending on your viewpoint, the new mixes may be revelatory and revisionist, or both. The period material, however, will be welcomed by all of the band's fans. For those who've been wearing out copies of #1 Record, Radio City and Third since their original appearances on vinyl, even the slightest variations in these tracks will prick your ear with something new. The quality of the original recordings and the condition of the tapes remains impressive, and the opportunity to hear these variations on much loved themes (decorated in a few spots with studio chatter) is a rare opportunity. What appeared to the public as highly polished diamonds turned out to be - perhaps unsurprisingly if you ever stopped to think about it - the results of a lot of intention and hard work. The seeds of the final tracks are here, even in the demo of "O My Soul," but not in the balance that's been etched into fans' ears.

Robert Gordon's liner notes from Big Star Live capture the feeling perfectly: "You find an old picture of your lover.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Briggs on July 10, 2013
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I'm penning this review after seeing the Big Star documentary at its
NYC premiere last Wednesday evening at IFC Center in downtown Manhattan,
and meeting Jody Stephens after the event and having him sign my
Big Star and Chris Bell box sets which was just icing on the cake.
The film was fantastic and meeting Mr. Stephens was a total dream come true for
any Big Star fan and particularly one as dedicated as myself. Fanboy...no I'm
just a dedicated fan and no apologies whatsoever for that, either.

The sdtrk. CD wasn't for sale (kind of inexplicably) at the event as far as I know, so I purchased this on Amazon after the event and have been playing it every day since. I happen to be a massive and dedicated Big Star etc. fan, so I may be a bit
biased, but I don't understand R. Rodriguez's complaints below: this might
be the soundtrack of the film but it's not intended to really be a general
introduction to the band's music, maybe they should've made that more explicit.
I already bought the Big Star box set and I still bought the soundtrack, I love
hearing more alternate and unreleased versions of anything they did, no matter
what, and I think the soundtrack CD sounds great and is just as well-produced
as any of their other releases and particularly the Rhino Ardent box.

One can argue the wisdom of the filmmakers using these versions over more standard
versions of the songs but that's really a whole other topic as well. Me, I have
zero complaints whatsoever, and for $10 this CD is an unbelievable bargain as
far as I'm concerned. Everybody complains about the most absurd things on here,
I'm really getting tired of it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on July 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
"Nothing Can Hurt Me" is the music soundtrack for the documentary of the same title. All tracks are previously unreleased on CD, although there are no "new" songs that have not been previously released in any form. In short, these are alternative versions of well-known Big Star numbers; mostly new mixes of the known versions. It may be difficult to decide precisely what is new, but the sound of all tracks is great and it's a real pleasure to listen to these songs again. There are, however, also track where you are not in doubt that you listen to something for the first time. Examples of this could be the demo version of "O My Soul", which is different but almost as fine as the album version. Rock City, which was the group which later evolved into Big Star ", contributes a fine version of "Try Again "and the two Chris Bell releases "Better Save Yourself" and "I Am the Cosmos" sound significantly better than on the Ryko CD. The highlight for me probably is the early Alex Chilton song "All We Ever Got From Them was Pain". This is Alex Chilton songwriting at its very best. The song has previously been released in a different mix on Alex Chilton album "Free Again - The 1970 Sessions". Here is the sound significantly improved and it is a completely different mix, without harmony vocals. The song would have fitted nicely into the Big Star's first album.

You may notice that almost all the songs from "# 1 Record" here are found in "new" versions, while "Radio City" and "Sister Lovers" each contribute four songs. Perhaps this is because the movie has a bigger focus on the time when Chris Bell was with the band.
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